Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, October 23, 2023

God’s promise for Israel… please pray today.  Eze 34:25  “I will make a covenant of shalom with them. I will remove the evil beasts from the land, so they may dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the forest. \26  I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. I will cause the rain to come down in its season. There will be showers of blessing.  Lord, would You bring this to pass, speedily and in our days?  In Yeshua’s name, amen.

Life In The Body part 21 – Romans, part 196

Romans 13:1  Let every person submit himself to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are put in place by God.

Our detailed instruction on how to live life in the body of Messiah is continuing in Romans, chapter 13.  However; now Paul’s instruction goes beyond how we deal with each other, and extends to how we deal with government.

Who knew better than Daniel how to deal with governmental authority?  First he served Nebuchadnezzar, then briefly his son, Belshazzar.  Combined, Daniel served them for 37 years.  The exact dates and other kings have confused me.  My overall take is that Daniel was the equivalent of prime minister to four kings in succession.  At least three of them were from different cultures, but Daniel successfully served them all.

Early on in his public life, Daniel prayed to God seeking an interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, but first God had to reveal the dream, then the interpretation came.  At the end of the interpretation, Daniel saw something of a future government which he then prophesied, saying this….

Daniel 2:44 “Now in the days of those kings (Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Macedonian, and Roman), the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will this kingdom be left to another people. It will crush and bring to an end all of these kingdoms. But it will endure forever.

That kingdom described by Daniel is the Kingdom of Yeshua HaMashiach.  Yeshua sits on David’s throne.  This was prophesied over the tribe of Judah by Jacob, and is recorded near the end of Genesis…. Genesis 49:10 The scepter will not pass from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs will come. To him will be the obedience of the peoples.

This is affirmed by another witness, Isaiah, when he affirmed Mashiach’s ruling government.  Isaiah 9:6 Of the increase of His government and shalom there will be no end—on the throne of David and over His kingdom—to establish it and uphold it through justice and righteousness from now until forevermore. The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot will accomplish this.

And let this be a lesson to us all.  It is okay to disagree with government, but our disagreements must be done in a righteously honoring way, that brings honor to all concerned.  This we learn from Daniel’s style.  Peter learned it, and much of his learning was the hard way.  1Peter 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.  When we show honor to others, we bring honor to God, Who has all authority.  Matthew 28:18 And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Which turns out to be the preamble to the “Great Commission”… Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh, 20a teaching them to observe all I have commanded you.

If Yeshua has all authority then everyone else who has authority has received His delegated authority.  Use it wisely, and treat others who have it with honor.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Mon 23-Oct-2023 8th of Cheshvan, 5784
Ge 12:14-13:4 Jos 15 Ps 15 Mt 12:22-50 (1 Jn 1)